Franworth, the franchisee, said New Orleans Saints quarterback and multi-unit franchisee Drew Brees has joined the company as a partner and a member of its executive board. Brees will contribute to accelerating the growth of the company’s portfolio of franchise brands — including Title Boxing Club, The Lash Lounge, and CityRow.
Founded in 2015 by CEO John Rotche and supported by a team of franchising industry veterans with nearly 400 years of combined experience, Franworth specializes in mentoring and supporting emerging and mature franchisors and helping them scale their businesses efficiently to achieve profitability and maximize their potential for success.
Brees is an experienced multi-unit operator of Jimmy John’s and Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar locations, as well as a partner of Title Boxing Club, one of the fastest-growing fitness franchise concepts.
Brees joins the company as a partner in the midst of the ongoing success and growth of Franworth’s franchise brands. He will play an active role on the executive board alongside Rotche and Managing Director and Partner David Barr. Brees will leverage his experience as a long-time multi-unit franchisee and franchisor to assist with developing strategies that support Franworth’s portfolio of brands.
“I am beyond excited to join the Franworth team as a partner and member of the Executive Board. Franworth’s leadership, wisdom and experience represent the very best in franchising, coupled with an impressive list of franchise brands possessing incredible growth opportunities,” said Drew Brees, Franworth Partner and Executive Board Member.
“After spending decades in the franchising industry building and growing several businesses, I saw first-hand the struggle franchisors face in reaching that critically important 100 unit mark, and recognized an opportunity to leverage my experience and help founders with a strong concept become successful franchisors,” said Rotche. “We’re excited to deepen our relationship with Drew at this pivotal moment in our company’s history. I have no doubt that his extensive experience as a multi-unit, multi-brand operator, coupled with his leadership qualities and integrity, will be an invaluable resource as we continue building our brands to be the best of the best.”
In addition to its centuries of franchising experience, Franworth continues to innovate and differentiate itself from private equity firms, remaining engaged in the company’s operations and growth. Also, Franworth created an internal distribution company in 2018 to procure quality products and provide fulfillment for its brands’ franchise owners and was recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Award in the Consumer and Retail Products in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. The company is a finalist for EY’s National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which will be announced in November 2019.